Requisition Number: PA033-RECOS-H-08-2020-02
Job Title: Recovery Support Staff
City: Bryn Mawr
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 0
Salary Range: $14.14/hour

Recovery Support Staff

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Description/Job Summary

Recovery Support Specialist will work with resident from intake to discharge, focus of the position is on all aspects of service delivery, including the development, implementation and documentation of progress of an individual’s recovery goals. The Renaissance program is an adult (co-ed) residence supporting individuals with co-occurring/dually diagnosed substance abuse and mental health issue. The RSS will work with clients seeking addiction treatment services providing supportive resources in a goal-directed, client-centered approach; RSS also works as part of the interdisciplinary team to enable residents to improve the quality of life and ability to function more successfully in the community.

Job Type: Full-Time 40 hours/week 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

• Manage a caseload of up to 10 residents with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues.

• Spends majority of time in face-to-face interactions with residents, including:

• Completion or coordination of admission, intake and discharge tasks, including completing psychosocial assessments and needs assessments and creation of an individual Residential Service Plans that addresses residents’ strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.

• Provide supportive counseling on as-needed basis, in support of resident Residential Service Plans

• Continuity of care with collaborating agency’s through participation in Interdisciplinary team meetings, Case Conferences, communication with Parole/Probation officers, significant other, Lower Merion Counseling Services, etc.

• Coordination of discharge planning and completion of rental vouchers, searching for roommates, seeking apartments, and assisting in securing housing,

• Maintain a safe and sober therapeutic environment for the benefit of residents, including verbal de-escalation of residents in crisis and ensuring that facility is maintained in a safe and clean state. RSS will provide crisis de-escalation and crisis support to residents.

• Each client on caseload will be engaged with daily, with a minimum of phone contact, including daily documentation of interaction.

• Complete Initial Goal Plan and update resident Goal Plans every 60-days. Refer to Documentation Policy

• Accurately document notes in consumer records (including weekly progress notes, contact notes, emails, and follow-up log). Please refer to Documentation Policy and Procedure.

• Assist residents on caseload and collaborate with ADL specialist in developing healthy eating and sleeping patterns; which may include assistance with food selection and preparation, nutrition training, and/or the use of relaxation techniques.

• Ensure proper security and safe use of medications, to include controlled substances; observations are documented in accordance with the Medication Policy.

• Assist with discharge planning and completion of Discharge Summary documentation within 2 weeks of discharge.

• Community Involvement and Team Work

• Provide guidance, assistance and oversight when working jointly with the Activity of Daily Living Spec., Recreational Therapist, or other staff in prioritizing daily tasks.

• Facilitate collaborative decisions during scheduled shifts if there are differences of opinion among staff, consulting with management team (i.e., Program Director, Assistant Director) as needed.


• RSS will lead and co-lead groups, working collaboratively with recreational therapist. This includes activities on the unit and in the community.

• RSS will accompany residents to interdisciplinary activities and appointments offsite, when necessary.

• RSS will support and coaching to individuals to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.

• RSS will assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of persons in recovery and response to treatment.

• RSS will document progress to maintain a permanent record of consumer activity according to established methods, procedures and guidelines.

• Provides information on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse and related illegal activities on personal, family, social, economic and community life.

• Completes (2x’s/wk) twice a week review of self-medication clients blister pack and subsequent monthly MAR and appropriate documentation of visual review, collection of previous blister pack and distribution of weekly medication, collection and filing of monthly MAR in consumer chart.

• Responsible for dissemination of policy and procedures to caseload, i.e. house rule/regulations, visitation policy, daily expectations.
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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.




Responsibilities/Duties

1. Manage a caseload of up to 10 residents with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues.

2. Spends majority of time in face-to-face interactions with residents, including:

a) Completion or coordination of admission, intake and discharge tasks, including completing psychosocial assessments and needs assessments and creation of an individual Residential Service Plans that addresses residents’ strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.

b) Provide supportive counseling on as-needed basis, in support of resident Residential Service Plans

c) Continuity of care with collaborating agency’s through participation in Interdisciplinary team meetings, Case Conferences, communication with Parole/Probation officers, significant other, Lower Merion Counseling Services, etc.

d) Coordination of discharge planning and completion of rental vouchers, searching for roommates, seeking apartments, and assisting in securing housing,

e) Maintain a safe and sober therapeutic environment for the benefit of residents, including verbal de-escalation of residents in crisis and ensuring that facility is maintained in a safe and clean state. RSS will provide crisis de-escalation and crisis support to residents.

f) Each client on caseload will be engaged with daily, with a minimum of phone contact, including daily documentation of interaction.

g) Complete Initial Goal Plan (30-day) and update resident Goal Plans every 60-days. Refer to Documentation Policy

h) Accurately document notes in consumer records (including weekly progress notes, contact notes, emails, and follow-up log). Please refer to Documentation Policy and Procedure.

i) Assist residents on caseload and collaborate with ADL specialist in developing healthy eating and sleeping patterns; which may include assistance with food selection and preparation, nutrition training, and/or the use of relaxation techniques.

j) Ensure proper security and safe use of medications, to include controlled substances; observations are documented in accordance with the Medication Policy.

k) Assist with discharge planning and completion of Discharge Summary documentation within 2 weeks of discharge.

3. Community Involvement and Team Work

a) Provide guidance, assistance and oversight when working jointly with the Activity of Daily Living Spec., Recreational Therapist, or other staff in prioritizing daily tasks.

b) Facilitate collaborative decisions during scheduled shifts if there are differences of opinion among staff, consulting with management team (i.e., Program Director, Assistant Director) as needed.

c) Attend staff meetings, individual supervision and regular trainings.

4. RSS will have established time per day to interact with each client on caseload

a. Using this time to establish and maintain rapport

b. Work on individualized goals, according to Residential Service Plans (revise Residential Service Plans every 60-days)

5. Serve as a mentor to persons in recovery to promote hope, empowerment and community integration. Modeling and promoting skills required for employment.

6. RSS will lead and co-lead groups, working collaboratively with recreational therapist. This includes activities on the unit and in the community.

7. RSS will accompany residents to interdisciplinary activities and appointments offsite, when necessary.

8. RSS will support and coaching to individuals to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.

9. RSS will assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of persons in recovery and response to treatment.

10. RSS will document progress to maintain a permanent record of consumer activity according to established methods, procedures and guidelines.

a. RSS will maintain caseload files/charts; filing all necessary paperwork and documentation.

11. When resident from caseload is hospitalized, RSS will follow-up with collaborating agency at a minimum of every 48-hours, documenting on Contact log.



Required Experience

Experience:

1. Previous experience working in a residential facility or mental health setting is preferred.

2. Experience a mental health or substance abuse advocate preferred. Have a solid understanding of the recovery process.

3. Knowledge of recovery principles and tools, such as wellness/recovery action plans.

4. Working knowledge of the Addictions, Motivational Interviewing and resiliency/recovery model

5. Group/Ind counseling/support/therapy experience.

6. Ability to work with a team of professionals and have the ability to implement team strategy approaches to work assignments.

7. Positive attitude that communicates hope and a recovery orientation

8. Able to make presentations in team meetings and facilitate discussions

9. They must have good problem solving skills, conflict resolution skills, knowledge of effective coping skills and the ability to work in flexible environments, including the community.

Required Education

Education:

· Bachelor’s degree preferred (degree in psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, education)

Required Qualifications

None specified

Program Summary

Renaissance Community is a supportive living program serving individuals in Montgomery County. The Renaissance program offers 24-hour supervision in a community setting with an emphasis on behavioral health services. Individuals live in either a communal home environment or an apartment, based on their needs for structure and supervision. Consumers participate in activities, groups, day treatment programs and receive assistance with medication monitoring to help promote achievement toward living, learning, working and social ambition.
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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.